News 2008.07.02

SRA International Acquires Interface & Control Systems
SRA International, Inc. (NYSE: SRX) announced it has acquired Interface & Control Systems, Inc., (ICS) a product development and engineering services firm specializing in real-time, embedded and autonomous command and control software systems for space applications.

Diamond Systems Boards Bundles with Kontron ETX Computer on Modules
Kontron and Diamond Systems have entered a strategic partnership under Kontron’s ETX® Certified Design Partner program that bundles Kontron’s highly scalable ETX® computer-on-modules with Diamond Systems’ small form factor boards for I/O intensive data acquisition applications. With this agreement, Diamond Systems becomes the tenth global member and the fifth North American member of Kontron’s constantly expanding network of ETX® Certified Design Partners.

TI Debuts TPA3121D2, TPA3124D2 Stereo Analog-input Class-D Amplifiers
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:TXN) introduced its second-generation, 15-W, stereo analog-input Class-D amplifiers with single-ended outputs. These highly-efficient devices eliminate components to reduce total solution size and cost in HDTVs and other consumer audio electronics. Innovative features address single-ended design challenges to ensure robust and reliable audio performance in LCD, plasma and DLP® TVs and other home audio products.

NXP Announces TDA9996 Intelligent HDMI1.3a Smart Switches
NXP Semiconductors launched innovative HDMI1.3a smart switches – TDA9996. The switches boast built-in auto-adaptive equalizers for intelligently maintaining consistently high audio-visual quality over longer HDMI cables. They also offer 12-bit Deep Color support for best-in-class picture quality.

Catalyst Semiconductor Introduces 16-channel I2C LED Blinker
Catalyst Semiconductor, Inc. (NASDAQ:CATS) has added a 16-channel I2C/SMBus LED driver/blinker to its line of bus products. The CAT9552 drives up to 16 LEDs in either programmable flashing or “on/off” modes. The CAT9552 is ideal for applications including advertising point-of-sale signage with flashing LEDs, and any type of consumer or industrial equipment with “on/off” LED indicators.

Maplesoft Pilots MapleSim Modeling, Simulation Tool
Maplesoft[tm] announced the release of the pilot version of a revolutionary tool that is expected to set new standards in the modeling and simulation industry. MapleSim[tm] is a high-performance multi-domain modeling and simulation tool, which will dramatically reduce the time taken to bring products to market by using physical modeling techniques.

Frost & Sullivan to Host Briefing on MEMS Test Equipment Market
Frost & Sullivan will host a free telephone and web briefing on Wednesday, 9 July 2008 at 16.00 BST to provide industry participants with an overview of the study focusing on MEMS Test Equipment market. The market for MEMS test equipment has witnessed significant growth rates over the past few years and this trend is expected to continue. Earlier, semiconductor vendors had a capability to test the electrical component or the mechanical component only.